There is a woman at work who I have been talking to about homeschooling, (her son is three) and she is so excited about going to the convention! The other day she asked me which speakers she should go listen to. I told her that I would go over the workshops with her. That is what the convention is all about, a potential homeschooler getting excited about looking at curriculum, listening to speakers, and meeting other homeschoolers. That is why it is so important for you veteran homeschoolers to come: to encourage those new homeschoolers. But, sadly, that could end this year.
Yes, it is true; we are looking at having to cancel next year's convention. We already have some great speakers lined up, but that may not make a difference. Financially, ENOCH is struggling. We are trying to get other sources of income up and running, but more importantly if our attendance numbers do not improve this year, the vendors will not come back. Vendors have to make a choice about which conventions they can go to. This year we had several vendors say that they could not come to our convention because there are three big conventions the same weekend as ENOCH’s. Since ENOCH’s Convention is considered small they go other places. We have looked at possibly moving the convention to a different weekend, but that has not been possible. I heard from someone that people are thinking about registering for the convention but not coming to the convention, just so ENOCH can get the income, that is a nice gesture, but without people actually attending the convention it only solves part of the problem. If we don't have actual people show up and look at curriculum, fill up the sessions, buy from the exhibitors, the vendors have no choice but to not come back.
If the ENOCH Convention is gone, there will be no local convention for you to attend; you will have to drive to Pennsylvania, upstate New York, or Massachusetts. As great as those conventions are, and we are friends with all of those state homeschooling boards, they do not know the New Jersey regulations for homeschooling; they cannot point you to a local support group; you will not see those friends you only meet at the convention each year. And without the convention, ENOCH cannot survive financially and we will not be there for you to help find that local support group, help that new homeschooler with what they need to do to begin homeschooling, and you will lose a voice in Trenton when homeschool legislation bills are introduced.
To encourage you to come to the convention we have extended the Early-Bird Registration until April 20th, so whether you register on-line or by mail you have until April 20th before the prices go up. Click here to register.
I think this will be the 16th or 17th convention my wife and I have attended and I still get excited about coming, even though I work the whole time now. I enjoy listening to the speakers, talking with the vendors, whom many I have become friends with over the years, and speaking with homeschoolers from throughout NJ and from neighboring states. It was at an ENOCH Convention back in 1997 that after hearing Ken Ham speak on Friday evening we decided there was no other option, but to homeschool our daughter. Please give future homeschooling parents of New Jersey that same opportunity that you have enjoyed over the years!
I ask that you pray about coming to the convention. I know some of you are saying, but I have all the curriculum I need, maybe there will be something at the convention that you will see that would help your son or daughter. Sit on a few of the workshop and get encouraged, encourage a discouraged homeschool mom. Volunteer, we need many volunteers for the convention to run smoothly. Also, pray for the convention staff, those who volunteer for the whole two days so that you can be blessed. And pray for the ENOCH Board as we need to make some decisions in the near future concerning the organization.
Here are some of the things that I mentioned earlier that ENOCH is doing to help increase our income:
First, Processing with a Purpose - If you own a business or know someone who owns a business and accepts credit cards you can help support ENOCH. Simply process your credit cards under this program and Cornerstone Payment Systems will make a donation to ENOCH for as long as you participate. For more information click on the following link http://cornerstone.cc/enochofnj/
Second, Box Tops for Education - Collect them yourself, ask your non-homeschooling friends, church members, etc. to save them for you to benefit ENOCH. If you are already saving them for your support group please continue to support them. We will have a container at the convention for you to drop off your box tops or you can send them to our P.O. Box - ENOCH of NJ, P.O. Box 308, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716-0308.
Third, Silent Auction - This year at the convention we will be holding a Silent Auction. Some of the organizations that have donated items for you to bid on so far are BJU, IEW, Apologia Press and, Sight and Sound Theater. Check out all the items that you will be able to bid on at the convention website.
Thank you all for your payers for ENOCH and those that serve the organization.
In His Service,
President of ENOCH of NJ
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May 2013: Thursday, April 25th
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